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Good Bacteria, Better Digestive Health, Happier You!

More and more people are aware of the food and health relationship. In an online survey of 1,000 adults conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in March and April 2011, 81% of respondents said they were aware probiotics might be good for the digestive system. In 2009, awareness levels were around 72% for probiotics while in 2007 were just 58%. What is a Probiotic? The word probiotic literally means ‘for life’. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), probiotics are living bacteria which, when consumed in sufficient quantities, have beneficial effects on health. How do Probiotics help Digestive Health? Scientific studies suggest that probiotics may play a major role in digestive health and may also help strengthen our natural defences. Some probiotics improve absorption of certain nutrients; others produce vitamins. Still others produce organic acids that fight the growth of harmful bacteria and play a role in the intestinal ecosystem. Try adding Activia probiotic yogurt to your meal plan for 2 weeks and see if you can ‘feel’ the difference! Other tips for a Healthy Digestive System Physical exercise accelerates digestion; it stimulates your system and assists with the action of the intestines. Just 30 minutes of brisk … Continue reading

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